Evadne - The Shortest Way
Label: Solitude Productions
Reviewer: Azmo Lozmodial - 2012-08-08
Highlights: All I will leave behind, No place for hope, Gloomy garden
I started my morning seeking for some new doom metal albums with skilled and calm melodies, and then the album "The shortest way" for the Spanish doom\death metal group "Evadne" have crossed my eyes, suddenly I could breath sadness in the air, eight tracks of roaring death metal riffs and catching drumming have been manufactured and lubricated well by the serious doomy feelings, creating a dark piece of art that teases all the listeners. The record "The shortest way" is the second full-length album for this band, and its a different experience than the debut album "The 13th Condition", because "The shortest way" contained sharper production and even warmer compositions, I also enjoyed the calm clean guitar sections in this record more than the debut album, the harsh vocals also have clearly improved and the clean vocals moments added more heat and dynamic melancholic theme to the tracks.
Evadne is setting the doom\death metal scene on fire with this record, and the band's influences are not very hard to guess, one cup of Evadne contains many (My Dying Bride) riffs and a lot of (old Katatonoa) feelings, so much (Draconian) drumming touches and quite a few (Novembers Doom) passages, this simply means that a single track for Evadne can embrace many great doom\death metal acts and represent them with a fascinating original way. Its really hard for me to mention my best tracks in this record, every track has its own emotions and stories, the track "No place for hope" starts its story with warm clean guitars intro before the storming slow death metal riffs that blow suddenly to create its own atmosphere, the calm keyboards melodies merge perfectly inside the song just to add more complex chemistry to the structures of the tracks.
The track "Dreams in monochrome" begins with windy riffs and rainy lead guitar that sinks inside the mid-paced drumming work, the bass and the rhythm guitars in this track are my favorite elements, the breaks and the screamy vocals made this song one of the best tracks in this record. The third track "The complete solitude" caught my attention with a very soft intro and very warm clean vocals when it started, the cold guitar riffs blow and destroy the calmness of the intro in a very wonderful way, this song is really calm and it has so many memorable moments. The track "One last dress for one last journey" is my favorite track-title and my favorite song in this album, the amount of memorable riffs inside this track is great enough to be a highlighted doom\death metal song.
The fifth track "All I will leave behind" begins with a very touching female vocals and continues with grim doomy riffs that remind me a lot of the song "Forgive Her" for the Finish band (Swallow The Sun), but the dynamics of the track start slowly to take a brighter path within the ears. The instrumental "The wanderer" starts its journey perfectly with a nice slow solo that crosses the chaos of the rhythm guitar so softly till the end of the track. The seventh track "Further away the light" is an aggressive track, and it keeps its aggression between the the breaking sound of the lead guitars, extreme bass work and a vital drumming are performed amazingly here. The track "Gloomy garden" begins gently with clean vocals that welcome the radical powerful guitars blasts, the harsh vocals and the clean vocals are mixed together in this track to mix two different atmospheres all together, the result is a great outro for this amazing record.
As I said before, the production is sharper than the previous release, the genius (Dan Swano) was the one who mixed and mastered the album, and I guess this is enough for you to guess how much professional and sharp is the quality of this record. If you are a doom metal fan and you are into the mournful doomy tracks of October Tide and the early Katatonia, then you have to get your copy for this record now, its very recommended.